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Many people’s New Year resolution is to give-up or cut back on their consumption of alcohol. It’s actually a seriously good thing to do; not only from a health point of view, but from an expense point of view too.

Rather than just making a resolution, a lot of people are now joining the official “Dry January” initiative; an official initiative whereby you can fundraise for your efforts, with the proceeds going to the charity, Alcohol Concern.

Alcohol abuse can pose serious social and health problems, not just from the victim’s viewpoint but from the angle of family and friends too. Did you know for example that approximately 93,500 babies below the age of one have a parent who is a problem drinker?

Did you also know that for every £1 spent on alcohol treatment, £5 can be wiped off the medical and welfare costs that society has to bear? So not only is modifying your drinking habit good from your own health and pocket-size point of view, but it’s also good for society as a whole!

Let’s take a quick look at the many benefits that “going on the wagon” for a month can bring. They include:

A 5% reduction in liver fat

Constant, steady drinking results in an unhealthy build up of fat in your liver. Taking up the Dry January challenge can reduce the amount of fat in your liver by as much as 15%.

You will eat more healthily  

According to research carried out by Obesity magazine, obese people who are also heavy drinkers consume on average around 30% more food than obese people who are not heavy drinkers.

Alcohol is a stimulant which heightens certain senses, and research has confirmed that this can lead to eating more food.

Easy weight loss

As long as you eat healthily during your one-month abstention, you can lose as much as 2% of body weight simply by foregoing alcohol – this according to a study carried out by New Scientist magazine.

You efficiency levels will rise

According to a group of volunteers who took part in abstaining from alcohol for one month, subjects said that they felt approximately 17% more efficient.

Improved quality of sleep

Clinical research has discovered that when you drink before going to bed, your brain’s alpha wave patterns will increase. This means that you will sleep less soundly.

Lower your risk of cancer

According to medical science, alcohol has been linked to increased risk of various cancers including cancer of the breast, colon, liver, mouth and rectum.

Healthier looking skin

Alcohol has a dehydrating effect, so taking even only a few days off from drinking it can make a significant difference. Improving your body’s hydration can result in helping to improve conditions such as eczema and dandruff.

Permanently changing your drinking habits

A study carried out by Alcohol Concern, involving 857 volunteers who took part in previous Dry Januaries, revealed that up to six months later, those who took part were still drinking less heavily than before.

Broadgate Clinic London Wall support any dry month

As you can see, the benefits of giving up alcohol, even for 1 month only are enormous, which we is we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall thoroughly support the initiative.

There’s nothing magic about the month of January of course, other than the fact that it conveniently follows New Years Eve, when many people make their New Year’s resolutions. But if you’d like to take a month off drinking, and you’ve missed the beginning of January, any month is good.